The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to pull the July 2000 final rule which revised EPA's total maximum daily load (TMDL) program under the Clean Water Act.

The 2000 rule was deemed unworkable based on thousands of comments and court challenges.

EPA plans to continue improving the TMDL program. The number of TMDLs approved or established jumped from 500 in 1999 to nearly 3,000 last year.